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Autism Speaks to Washington
Watch the Live Webcast Wednesday, Nov. 13, of Keynote Speakers and Presentations from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 29, 2013
On November 12-14, Autism Speaks will host its first-ever national policy and action summit in Washington, D.C. “Autism Speaks to Washington” (#AS2DC) will bring together leaders from across the country including top Obama Administration officials, members of Congress, governors, prominent scientists and policy experts, key stakeholders, volunteers and activists to focus on a national strategy on autism.
Speakers include House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA), Senator Robert Menendez (NJ), Rep. Chris Smith (NJ), Rep. Mike Doyle (Pa.), and several other top lawmakers and experts in the field of autism advocacy and research.
The summit will kick-off on Tuesday evening with an event to honor and meet members of the Congressional Autism Caucus. On Wednesday, the summit will reconvene at the George Washington University for a robust and exciting line up of keynote speakers and presentations unveiling Autism Speaks’ enhanced state and federal advocacy strategy, groundbreaking advances in science and research, and a full discussion of the barriers to, and opportunities for, addressing the housing needs of those with autism. All the presentations will be streamed live on Youtube, Ustream and Autismspeaks.org on Wednesday, November 13 from the 8:45 a.m. kickoff until 3 p.m.
This presentation will include a review and analysis of the National Housing Survey we commissioned this year, which examines what our autism families want and need for the future of their children.
Wednesday will conclude with a national summit dinner at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. for an evening with VIP guests, grassroots heroes, and lively entertainment.
On Thursday morning, Autism Speaks will take over the nation’s capital with lobby visits to all 535 members of Congress, delivering petitions from every state in the nation and a unified call to action on a national plan to address autism.
The Autism Community Is Not The Autistic Community
More With Autism Votes
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.